Friday, June 8, 2012
All Star fields headline Bettor's Delight and Artiscape Paces at Tioga Downs
Sunday afternoon (June 10 – post time 1:30 pm) twenty of arguably the best aged horses in all of harness racing will converge on the five eighths mile oval of Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York.
Ten of the very best aged male pacers will line up for the $182,000 Bettor's Delight open pace led by a four horse entry from the powerful Ron Burke stable.
Led by defending pacer of the year, Foiled Again, the quartet who also includes triple millionaire Won The West, Meirs Hanover, and Clear Vision, will be looking for the stable's first Bettor's Delight championship.
Looking for the repeat is the 2011 defending champion, and world record holder, Bettor Sweet.
Last year Bettor Sweet opened eyes and set a new world record of 1:48.1 when he held off We Will See (Ron Pierce) in the stretch for trainer Tom Cancelliere.
We Will See, who will once again be handled by Ron Pierce will return to Tioga Downs on Sunday as well looking for redemption on last year's race.
The $182,000 Bettor's Delight will go to the gate as race number nine on Sunday afternoon and will kick off the $5,000 guaranteed pick four in conjunction with the USTA’s strategic wagering program.
The field is listed below:
$182,000 Bettor's Delight Open Pace
# PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER
1 4 Won The West Jim Morrill Jr. Ron Burke
1A 6 Clear Vision Matt Kakaley Ron Burke
1B 7 Foiled Again Yannick Gingras Ron Burke
1C 8 Meirs Hanover George Brennan Ron Burke
2 1 Razzle Dazzle Brian Sears Jerry Silverman
3 2 Rockincam David Miller R. Nifty Norman
4 3 Aracache Hanover Doug McNair Gregg McNair
5 5 Bettor Sweet John Campbell Tom Cancelliere
6 9 Real Nice Jason Bartlett Richard Banca
7 10 We Will See Ron Pierce Sam De Pinto
Co-featuring the Sunday afternoon race card with the best male pacers in the country, will be ten of the most talented mare pacers Tioga Downs has ever seen for the $184,000 Artiscape Pace. The star studded field is led by defending aged pacing mare Anndrovette, who captured the 2011 edition of the Artiscape in track record time of 1:49.4. Tim Tetrick will be doing the driving from post number nine for conditioner PJ Fraley as part of a two horse entry that includes Krispy Apple (George Brennan). The field of ten also includes Put On A Show (Brian Sears) who missed her four year old season due to injury, but has been razor sharp as of late posting four wins in her last five starts. Another new comer to the top mare ranks is the wicked fast, Drop The Ball, who found her best strides late in the year last year of her 3-year old season. The 4-year old Western Terror daughter tuned up for the Artiscape in her first and only start of the year last week at The Meadowlands finishing second after a first over trip. Yannick Gingras has opted off of Rocklamation from the Ron Burke stable to drive Drop The Ball for trainer Ross Croghan. Below is the field for the $184,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace:
$184,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace
# PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER
1 2 Krispy Apple George Brennan P J Fraley
1A 9 Anndrovette Tim Tetrick P J Fraley
2 4 Ginger And Fred Jim Morrill Jr. Ron Burke
2A 7 Rocklamation Ron Pierce Ron Burke
3 1 Dreamfair Eternal Jody Jamieson Patrick Fletcher
4 3 Chancey Lady David Miller P J Fraley
5 5 Drop The Ball Yannick Gingras Ross Croghan
6 6 Higher And Higher Daryl Bier Daryl Bier
7 8 Put On A Show Brian Sears Chris Ryder
8 10 All Spirit Jim Marohn Jr. Judy Lanpher